The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau has said that diplomatic negotiations with Saudi Arabia continue, but it is not going to abandon criticism in relation to the arrest of several activists last week. The EU executive said that the European Commission has said it has contacted Saudi Arabia.
The letter accused Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland of a "Trumpian error" in asking that Saudi Arabia respect the rights of two of its citizens.
"We have been emphasizing the relevance of the role of human rights defenders and civil society groups in the process of reform which the Kingdom is pursuing as well as the importance of respecting the rules of due process for all those arrested", she added.
The strong economic consequences Saudi Arabia is imposing in response to one official tweet by Global Affairs Canada may concern foreign investors. Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador, stopped direct Saudi flights to Canada, stopped buying Canadian wheat, ordered Saudi students and patients to leave Canada, froze all new trade and investment transactions, and ordered its wealth funds to sell their Canadian stock and bond holdings in a sweeping move that surprised with its harshness many analysts, Canada itself, and reportedly, even the U.S.
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Saudi Arabia-often criticized for its far from flawless human rights and women's rights record-didn't take the Canadian urge lightly.
Samar Badawi, an internationally recognized activist, and Nassima al-Sadah, a co-founding member of Al-Adalah Center for Human Rights, were detained earlier this month.
A spokesman for Freeland said the minister is still trying to get more clarity from the Saudi government about the measures it is taking - clarity that remains elusive almost a week after the dispute began.